With direct flights available from London and Madrid, Lima is now easily accessible from Europe. The capital of Peru has been inhabited for almost 2000 years with significant growth after the Spanish conquests made the city the capital of the region in 1536. Now one of the hippest cities in South America, Lima is particularly known for its amazing restaurants, several of which are rated amongst the best in the world.

The remains of several Pre-Colombian settlements can still be seen, with one of the most significant being at Pachacamac on the outskirts of Lima. There are several temples and adobe buildings here, although many are now in ruins. The pyramid of the Temple of the Sun is still impressive, as is the building known as “Mamacona” or House of the Chosen Women.

Back in the city centre, one of Lima’s most fun attractions are the Magic Fountains. This park has several water features of all shapes and sizes that are illuminated at night. There’s also an spectacular laser show with an eclectic soundtrack. As well as being fun for kids, there are enough clever tricks to entertain even the most serious adults.

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